First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to Host Facebook Live Reading April 30th to Celebrate Día de Los Libros

Virtual story time in English, Spanish celebrates literacy and young children on Día de los Libros

SACRAMENTO: California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will host an interactive virtual story time via Facebook Live on April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., on  Día de los Libros.

Día de los Libros is a multi-day, national library event that fosters multicultural literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The First Partner will read We Count, which teaches young children the importance of getting counted in the 2020 Census, in English and Spanish.

“I’m excited to celebrate children and promote literacy as part of Día de los Libros this year,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who hosted a bilingual story time at the State Capitol last year for Día. “As we shelter safely at home, I hope families across California will join me virtually to share in the joy of reading, and to connect with one another while we are physically apart.”

The reading will be held on Thursday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and broadcast from the First 5 Association Facebook page. Viewers can RSVP and access the reading via this link.  The event is co-sponsored by the First 5 Association of California, First 5 California, and the California State Library. We Count is authored by Lisa Bernstein of Simply Put Media.

“First 5 is proud to support this event that is all about putting little kids first, at a time when we’ve seen families, child care providers, and many others in the early childhood field innovate to keep nurturing our youngest Californians,” said Kim Goll, president of the First 5 Association of California. “We hope this bilingual story time brings us closer in spirit through a shared love of books and of our wonderful state.”